Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How does your garden grow?

I love this time of year! Every day I go out into the garden I'm amazed at all there is to see. Things really do seem to change daily...
Here are some pictures of what's going on in our yard:
The clematis are starting to bloom. There are three different varieties and they all look so beautiful. I'll have to post pictures when the whole trellis is covered, last year it was spectacular!
Ich liebe diese Jahreszeit! Jeden Tag wenn ich raus in den Garten gehe wundere ich mich wieder wie schnell doch alles zu wachsen scheint. Es aendert sich wirklich taeglich...
Hier ein paar Photos von unserem Garten:
Die Clematis fangen an zu bluehen. Wir haben drei verschiedene Clematis gepflanzt und alle drei sind wunderschoen. Ich zeige noch mehr Bilder wenn alle bluehen, letztes Jahr war es einfach umwerfend!The darker ones are just about to open.
Die dunkle Clematis oeffnet erst langsam ihre Blueten.
Many more buds on this clematis...
Schaut wieviele Knospen dran sind...
Looks like we'll have hops!!! Got some seeds from Leslie last year (thank you again) and they seem to be coming up.
Es sieht so aus, als ob wir wieder Hopfen haben werden! Wie damals in Schwabach!! Letztes Jahr hat Leslie mir ein paar Samen geschickt und es sieht so aus als ob sie erfolgreich wachsen.
Love this Salvia! It is now in it's third year and is so easy to take care off.
Ich liebe diese Pflanze! Das ist nun das dritte Jahr in dem Blumenbeet und sie ist wirklich sehr pflegeleicht. Weiss jemand wie die in deutsch heisst?
The meyer lemon bush seems to be happy to be outside, look at all that new growth.
Der Zitronenbusch scheint auch gluecklich auf der Terasse zu sein. Treibt ganz viele neue Blaetter.
Einfach schoen...
This old washtub belonged to my grandmother. Last year we decided to use it in the garden and grew herbs in it. Sewed dill and cilantro seeds in it this year.
Die alte Wanne hat einmal meiner Oma gehoert. Letztes Jahr hatten wir beschlossen sie in den Garten zu stellen und zu bepflanzen. Dieses Jahr sind es Dill und Koriander.
In this bed, from the front: chives, onions (too tiny to show up on the photo) lettuce then kohlrabi. The larger plant in the back is sage, next to it is oregano. In the right corner is rosemary and behind it parsley.
In diesem Beet von vorne nach hinten: Schnittlauch, Lauchzwiebeln (sieht man auf dem Photo nicht), Salat, Kohlrabi. Die grosse Pflanze dahinter ist Salbei, daneben Oregano. Rechts in der Ecke ist Rosmarien, dahinter Petersilie.
The bed in the front holds two rhubarb plants and the rest is potatoes. So far only eight plants are growing (out of 12) but I haven't given up hope yet. If the others don't grow I'll plant something else in the empty spaces.
The bed in the back holds the large rhubarb plant, garlic, radish and okra.
In dem Beet vorne dran sind zwei Rhabarberpflanzen und der Rest sind Kartoffeln. Von den gepflanzten 12 Kartoffeln sind bisher nur acht zu sehen, aber ich habe die Hoffnung noch nicht aufgegeben. Wenn die anderen nicht auftauchen, pflanze ich einfach was anderes in die Luecken.
Im hinteren Beet ist noch ein Rhabarber, Knoblauch, Rettich und Okra.
And last but not least, more garlic and some cucumbers.
Zu guter letzt noch mehr Knoblauch und Gurken.
Since some of you asked about the mama bird, here is mama Robin sitting on her pretty blue eggs. We really try and stay away from her and her nest...
Nachdem einige nach der Vogelmama gefragt haben, hier sitzt sie auf ihren schoenen blauen Eiern. Wir versuchen wirklich sie in Ruhe zu lassen...


  1. Hallo Anke,
    bei Euch ist der Frühling schon viel weiter fortgeschritten als bei uns. Auf welcher Breitengradhöhe in etwa wohnst Du denn ?
    Ich freu mich jetzt über die Apfelblüte.
    LG Carola

  2. Hallo Anke, na da warst Du schon fleissig.Wir fangen nun langsam an, haben Bestellt und warten nun noch die "eisheiligen" ab,haben noch oft Bodenfrost.
    Wie ergiebig sind eigentlich Kartoffeln,brauchen die viel Platz?
    Liebe Grüsse

  3. Thank you for sharing all of the beauty of growing things in your back yard and your raised beds, Anke. Everything looks so wonderful.

    I love Clematis, but I've never really tried to grow them. I especially enjoy the dark purple ones.

    Thank you for snapping the pic of the robin on her nest. Loved seeing her there.

    Hope you have a good weekend. Is this Nadia's birthday weekend?

  4. Sylvia, wie ergiebig die Kartoffeln sind wird sich erst noch rausstellen... Ist mein erster Versuch Kartoffeln selbst anzubauen.
    Dianna, Nadia's birthday is next week. She'll turn 10 on Thursday and she is very, very excited. We planted the first Clematis three years ago and last year added two more. It really is true when they say: the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap. The difference is unbelievable.

  5. I am GREEN with envy over your garden....just beautiful. Love all your flowers too.
    That washtub for herbs? Genius!!!

  6. Good evening, Anke,
    I wanted to send you a note to kind of insert a couple of "hints" that Dar passed on to me today after she saw my post.

    She does hers in a 5 gal. crock...we made ours in a 3 gallon crock...but your 5 gal. industrial bucket would work well, too. She shared that instead of using the quart jar filled with water placed on top of a plate inside the crock or bucket that they fill a 2 gallon zipper bag with water and lay that in on top of the kraut. She said the fit is perfect...good and tight...that way you don't have to worry about any mold forming.

    She also mentioned that if the temperature where the kraut is fermenting is around 70 degrees that it should take only about 2 weeks for it to cure.

    She also pointed out that since the kraut is fermented that it is already instead of heating the kraut before putting it in the jars to can that they just pack it straight into the jars without heating first and then process it for 15-20 minutes...not with pressure.

    I wanted to be sure and pass that information on to you. I really appreciated Dar sharing all of that information with me because we will definitely follow her advice when we do ours again this year.

    She and her sister Mel (Up North With Mel) both do some amazing things that they share about in their blogs.

  7. *waves hello from bubblegum diaries*!

    I can see your chicken envy, I too love the Polish breed and have some babies, I'll post pics on my blog soon!

    My flock can't wait until August, when they get to run loose all over the gardens and flower beds again... cuz you know chickens + gardens = disaster, you have to be careful - LOL!

  8. Your garden beds are looking great! The little Mama bird is so precious!

  9. Oh, to be able to grow a lemon tree! Everything looks like it's coming along nicely!


  10. LOVELY. You are so blessed to have a mama bird sitting on her nest! That must say a lot about the peace that abides in YOUR NEST!
    Hoosier hugs,